I’ve been practicing as a psychologist for 16 years and find a lot of meaning through work. I really enjoy listening to people and seeking to understand their experience and perspectives. I like helping people connect to their wisest parts; to help them find a way towards acceptance and action. Seeing people transform and find freedom is very rewarding. Learning new psychological and behavioural skills that add value to the strengths and resources you already have can help you find a healthy, workable path forward.
I engage people in therapy with a collaborative, accepting, compassionate and non-judging spirit. This is combined with my ongoing training in cognitive, behavioural, acceptance, somatic and mindfulness based strategies. These include:
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
I also use an evidence-based Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) approach that allows us to monitor and track your progress as we go; and to adjust the sessions so they meet your needs.
My clinical interest areas are depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and trauma recovery, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar, addictions, grief, loss and experiences of existential dilemma, anguish or distress.
Good mental health is not just about psychological skills. Exercise, diet, sleep, relationships, growth, belonging, habits, environment and meaning all play an important part too.
I specialise in teaching mindfulness skills to help people understand their own mind, transform stress and suffering, increase self-awareness and improve relationships. Mindfulness meditation is an important habit that can strengthen and support every other area of life. Personalised coaching can help you overcome barriers to practice, or to find new and helpful ways to engage in conscious living.
I also support people with integration after psychedelic experiences. With the wave of new research and knowledge around using psychedelics therapeutically for mental health and personal growth, it’s important that people can be supported to ensure their experiences are safe and valuable.
Coming to terms with this human condition is easier when you feel supported. My counselling approach takes your whole life into consideration to help you recover and reconnect.
I’m an AHPRA board approved Clinical Supervisor and supporting other psychologists on their journey is one of the best parts of my work. I have experience providing supervision to 5+1 interns, mid career psychologists and experienced practitioners. I also have experience in coaching clinical team leaders, operations managers and other allied health professionals.
Mark Baxter (PSY0001370927)
Psychologist & Practice Leader
The Psychology Spot
0431 017 520